How To Roll A Blunt, From Start To Finish
A blunt is a broad term used to describe a cannabis cigar. More often than not, it refers to a cigar that has had its tobacco removed and replaced with marijuana (or just hemp).
Blunts have been around for as long as cigars have, but they really gained popularity when they were featured in a number of hip-hop songs throughout the 1990s. Rappers like Cypress Hill and Red Man made the cannabis cigar popular in urban areas.
As time passed, many people began to use different flavors of wraps to make the blunt smoking experience much more enjoyable. Nowadays, you can find numerous types of wrappers at your local smoke shop, including grape, strawberry and vanilla.
Rolling a blunt is an art. True art. I could start this instructable by describing the various techniques used to roll a perfect blunt. The way that the tobacco or cannabis should be folded and tucked in order to get it into that perfectly rectangular shape, leaving the outside smooth and even. I could talk about how one should make sure they have just the right amount of marijuana in their blunt—not too much that it's bursting out of the ends, but not so little either that it falls apart easily. But that would just be a waste of time because you're more interested in exactly how to do this yourself, right? I didn't think so.
Rolling a blunt can be easy if you know what you're doing. Here's how to roll a cannabis cigar.
Now, before we go any further, I should probably mention that rolling a blunt is not something that everyone is going to want to do. It takes a certain kind of person to do it right, and even then you'll know if it's for you pretty quickly. So, on one hand, I'd tell you to try it at least once. On the other, that first time may have some unpleasant surprises in store. The first time could very well be pleasant, but the next time could be rough. The only way to know for sure is to try out a pack yourself; if you follow the steps in this guide, there's a high chance of getting a good result every single time—if for no reason other than faith in our process.
Step 1: Get Your Hands On Some Blunt Wrap
Blunt wraps come in many different flavors, sizes and brands. There's no right or wrong blunt wrap – it mostly comes down to preference. Just make sure the wrap is moist enough to roll, but not so moist that it tears when you try to roll it.
Once you have all your supplies ready, remove the tobacco from the blunt wrap. Some people like to use a sharp knife or scissors to do this, others prefer their bare hands. If you opt for using a sharp tool, be careful not to create any holes in your blunt wrap or else it will leak smoke and ruin the experience. You could also use some sort of tool that is specifically designed for this purpose like a paper clip or a toothpick. Once you clean out the wrap, lick both sides and smash them together to make sure that they are sealed tight and won't fall apart when smoking. This step is especially important if you don't plan on using a filter when smoking your blunt because it helps prevent bits of tobacco from getting into your mouth.
Step 2: Grind Up the Weed
You can use a grinder for this step, or simply break it up with your hands. If you break it up with your hands, be sure to remove any stems and seeds so they don’t get caught in the blunt later on.
Step 3: Put The Weed In The Blunt Wrap
Spread out the weed evenly across the blunt wrap (or most of the blunt wrap). Make sure there are no clumps of weed stuck together; this will prevent an even burn and flow when you smoke from the blunt. Lay out the wrap so that one end is longer than the other by about an inch or two. Place your ground cannabis on top of the wrap and spread it evenly over its surface, leaving about half an inch of empty wrap on one side (it's easier to roll if you don't have too much).
Step 4: Wet the wrap (or lick it).
This ones not too hard, just dampen the wrap with your breath or by licking it. This allows the wrap to be more easily moldable to the shape we need. If you try rolling a blunt with a dry wrap, you're sure to end up with some cracks in the blunt leaf.
Step 5: Start rolling
Roll your weed into what looks like a little hot dog bun shape with your hands so that the weed is even on both ends of the blunt wrap. It's really important to have the same amount of weed on both sides of the blunt because this will help ensure an even burn when smoking.
Place both thumbs on top of the cannabis and use your index fingers to push up from below; this will start rolling the blunt properly while keeping your fingers away from sticky weed gunk. I prefer to roll with my thumbs inside and my index on the outside, this allows for maximum grip and control of how tight the cannabis becomes.
Once you have the desired tightness, and size of your blunt, lick the excess leaf on the top, ever so slightly. Just enough for it to be damp but not too wet. Tuck the top leftover piece across the blunt wrap.
Use your fingers to smoothen the seal along the blunt. After doing this a few times and assuring that there is a nice seal, I usually like to take my lighter and run it up and down the blunt a few times to help with the drying and sealing process.
I hope this reveals just how easy it can be to roll your own blunts, and given a little practice, you'll be on your way to rolling blunts like a pro. Even if you opt for pre-made blunts from time-to-time (and hey, there's nothing wrong with that), keeping these recipes handy will ensure that you have a solid base for making your own. It's important to remember that the taste of your blunt will be influenced by the type of cannabis it's filled with—so feel free to change things up depending on what you have available.
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